September 19, 1985 |
University security guards, ducking rocks and homemade bombs, used firearms, batons and water cannons Wednesday to quell a protest by about 200 Philippine students seeking a cut in tuition fees, police said. A spokesman said there were no serious injuries in the fracas at Feati University in central Manila.
November 11, 2007 |
Police in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters in one of the nation's biggest anti-government rallies in nearly a decade. Police arrested at least a dozen people as tens of thousands of protesters, led by opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim, marched in heavy rain to the king's palace to demand changes to the country's electoral system.
July 13, 2004 |
Catholic hard-liners attacked British soldiers and police after parades by the Orange Order, Northern Ireland's major Protestant brotherhood. No serious injuries were reported. In Ardoyne, Catholic men and teenage boys surrounded several parked army jeeps with soldiers inside, smashed the windows, and tried to tip them over. Riot police used water cannons to drive back the mob.
June 4, 2003 |
A general strike shut down much of Zimbabwe's already crippled economy, but security forces prevented efforts to organize massive street protests against President Robert Mugabe. Most banks, shops and other businesses remained closed across the troubled southern African country on the second day of a show of anti-government sentiment. Security forces reacted swiftly to crush street demonstrations, using rubber clubs, rifle butts, water cannons, tear gas and warning shots to disperse crowds.
March 29, 2001 |
Police in the northern German town of Dannenberg cleared protesters with water cannons as a train laden with 60 tons of nuclear waste arrived a day late after being blocked by demonstrators who chained themselves to the tracks. With seven helicopters overhead, the train entered town as night fell. The waste was to be carried by trucks on the last leg of a much-disrupted trip from a French reprocessing plant to a dump at Gorleben.
July 30, 1997 |
Police using batons, dogs and water cannons broke up a protest by thousands of Islamists marching through Turkey's capital, Ankara, to challenge Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz's effort to curtail religious education. Witnesses said police repeatedly charged demonstrators outside the Education Ministry after hours of protests. The Anatolian news agency said 11 people were hospitalized. Estimates of the crowd size ranged from 6,000 to 15,000.
April 18, 1999 |
Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators and clashed with stone-throwing youths in anti-government protests. Demonstrations against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have raged in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, since a judge sentenced Malaysia's ousted No. 2 leader, Anwar Ibrahim, on Wednesday to six years in prison. Armed police repeatedly ordered protesters to disperse, but they ignored the warnings.
September 10, 2007 |
Rock-throwing protesters clashed with police backed by water cannons and tear gas during a march paying tribute to victims of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The government said 147 people were detained and a police officer was injured in the annual march marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 1973, putsch that brought Pinochet to power. It was the first coup-anniversary protest since the former strongman died in December at 91.
October 28, 2013 |
The destructive environmental legacy of Gold Rush mining in the Sierra Nevada could last for thousands of years in the form of ongoing erosion of mercury-laced sediments, according to new research. Mercury, a toxic heavy metal, was used in copious amounts in California's hydraulic gold mining operations in the mid- and late 1800s. Miners blasted gold-bearing sediment out of vast, ancient gravel beds with water cannons. They then added liquid mercury to the slurry, allowing the gold-mercury amalgam to sink to the bottom of troughs.
February 1, 2009 |
Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at bottle-throwing leftist demonstrators in Geneva who protested against the annual World Economic Forum meeting in the Swiss Alps. Police chased black-clad protesters through narrow streets. The rally by hundreds of people was largely peaceful until police blocked a group from walking to the center of the city. The violence was far from the target of the protesters' anger, the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of the world's business and political elite.